The Drapac EF p/b Cannondale Holistic Development team has continued its incredible form from the Australian Summer of Cycling, with James Whelan winning his first under-23 Oceania road race today. Current under-23 National Champion and James’ teammate Cyrus Monk came in at 2nd place.
“I’m ecstatic with my U23 Oceania Road win!”, said Whelan of the race today. “Credit to my teammates and staff who did an amazing job all weekend to achieve this result. We’ve had a great weekend in Launceston, and it gives me great confidence going into my European racing block with the Australian National team”.
Added Monk, “As expected, the race was brutal from start to finish, which definitely worked in our favour. The team was represented in each move all day, which enabled me to follow Chris Harper and Jason Lea on the last climb which eventually delivered me into 2nd place. I’m stoked with my form coming into a stint with the under-23 National team”.
Liam White completed a fantastic day for the team, by leading the remnants of the peloton home for 8th place; 4th in the Elite category, after a couple of the early breakaway riders were absorbed by the bunch.
Cyrus and James now head to Belgium with the under-23 Australian National team to to race the Ronde Van Vlaanderen and the ZLM Tour.
This caps off an exciting weekend for Drapac EF, with Liam Magennis collecting 2nd in the under-23 time-trial on Friday; 3rd overall, including the Elite category.
Said Liam, “I wasn’t able to defend my title but I was content with 2nd place in under-23’s. It’s a good sign that I’m improving more and more each day. It’s been a really good start to the 2018 season”.
Next up for Drapac EF is the UCI 2.1 Tour of Thailand, which starts in Pattaya on the 1st of April.